Vault Law Editors

Vault’s Law Blog covers news and trends relating to legal careers. Law Blog contributors offer insights on the legal industry and provide career advice for law students, attorneys, and JDs.

Contributors have included:

  • Matt Moody: Matt is the current Law Editor at Vault. Prior to joining Vault, Matt worked as a litigator at two Vault 100 law firms. Matt has a JD from Georgetown Law and a BS in Journalism from the University of Florida.
  • Vera Djordjevich: Vera is currently the Director of Research & Consulting at Vault. A former litigator, she holds degrees from New York University School of Law and Stanford University.
  • Nicole Weber: Nicole is a legal recruiting professional and previously worked as an associate at a large New York firm. Nicole has a JD from Georgetown Law and a BA from Williams College.
  • Rachel Marx Boufford: Rachel is a recruiting and marketing professional and previously worked as a litigation associate at a large New York law firm. Rachel has a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA from Tufts University.
  • Mary Kate Sheridan: Mary Kate holds a JD from Columbia Law School and a BA in English from Mary Washington College. Mary Kate is a writer, editor and attorney, who previously worked as a litigation associate at a large law firm.
  • Brian Dalton: Brian received a JD from Fordham Law School and a BA in History from Middlebury College. Following law school, Brian worked as an associate at a New York City law firm.

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Salaries Drop for Recent Law School Grads

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 11, 2011

Last week, NALP released a new report on starting salaries for the class of 2010, and just like recent law grads' job prospects, their salary potential is looking down. According to The AmLaw Daily, "the median starting salary for 2010 law school graduates dropped 13 percent to $63,000 when compared to the class of 2009, while the mean starting salary fell nearly 10 percent to $84,111 in the same comparison. The decreases in median and mean salary figures amount to drops of... Read More >

5 Tips for Legal Networking this Summer

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 11, 2011

It's summer-a roofdeck somewhere is calling to you, and you're not giving up a chance to leave work while it's still light out so that you can go sit in some stuffy legal event with a bunch of strangers.Understandable, but networking shouldn't stop just because summer has started. The social aspects of summer and the fact that you may have more time due to a less demanding work schedule or summer break may provide you the perfect opportunity to build invaluable... Read More >

The Unthinkable Future of the Legal Industry

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 11, 2011

Lawyers may be set in their ways, but the legal industry has changed dramatically over the past decade. The introduction of social media, new technology and the recession have all impacted the legal practice with the boom of resources we may not have imagined ten years ago: networking via online tools like LinkedIn and Twitter, outsourcing junior attorneys' work, and iPad trial exhibits, just to name a few.Matt Homann-consultant on creative strategies for attorneys and blogger... Read More >

Legal Field Loses Thousands of Jobs in June

by Vault Law Editors  |  July 11, 2011

When it comes to the legal job market, the first half of 2011 looks something like this: Job Cuts - 4, Job Openings - 2. We've seen jobs decline in four of the past six months; only January and May brought job growth with 500 and 200 jobs added, respectively. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' recent data, June jumped on the legal sector's negative job trend, saying goodbye to 2,600 jobs.While this news is obviously disconcerting for unemployed lawyers and law... Read More >

Public Interest Path to Asylum Innovation

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 30, 2011

Before Munmeeth Soni entered law school at American University in DC, she knew she wanted to be a public interest attorney. "I had always been interested in advocacy," she says. In her post-undergraduate job with the Social Science Research Council, Soni worked in the South Asia program, focusing on refugees, migration and sexuality. As she learned about the legal aspect of the work, she realized that attorneys were "better positioned to effect change and have a direct... Read More >

7 Tips for Surviving the Last Month of Bar Exam Studying

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 29, 2011

The bar exam is less than one month away, and right around now is when the real fear and anxiety about the test start to set in. Your MBE practice tests aren't going as well as you hoped, and sample essays are taking you down. Or everything is going just fine, but you've convinced yourself you're going to fail anyway. Take a deep breath, and check out the below tips on getting through the next few weeks of studying.1.If you don't have a schedule yet, get one... Read More >

Too Many Lawyers

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 27, 2011

According to one recent study, New York has a whole lot of lawyers with not a whole lot of legal stuff to do.Today, the New York Times reported on a recent study by consulting company Economic Modeling Specialists Inc. ("EMSI") regarding the surplus of attorneys in the U.S. EMSI researched the number of individuals who passed the bar exam in 2009 and the estimated number of legal job openings through 2015 (pulled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau). The... Read More >

6 Tips for Bidding on Law Firm Interview Spots

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 27, 2011

The time has come-or it's almost here-for 1Ls seeking summer associate positions and 2Ls looking for associate positions to bid on interview spots in their schools' fall interview programs. With a large list of names staring back at students, it can be difficult to know where to start or even how these firms differ from each other. Below are some tips to get you started on a successful bidding process. Good luck!1.Figure Out Your Career Priorities. You've... Read More >

Alternative Legal Careers: Diversity Guru & Career Expert

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 27, 2011

Nearly ten years ago, Paula Edgar's life was forever changed when her mother became a victim of the September 11th attacks. Then living in California and working for a software company, Edgar threw herself into her family and took the lead working with attorneys on her mother's will and victims' compensation matters. It was those attorneys who recognized Edgar's skills and suggested she consider law school. Five years later, Edgar graduated from the City University of New York School of... Read More >

Get Your Legal Job Search Going

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 24, 2011

Wouldn't it be nice if you could get some of the top legal employers in one room, do some networking and hand over your resume? Done.Next month, Vault and MCCA are hosting the annual Legal Diversity Career Fair in both Washington, DC and Los Angeles. The fair is a perfect opportunity to get your resume in front of Vault Law 100 firms like Hunton & Williams, Sidley Austin, Morrison Foerster, Bingham McCutchen, Covington & Burling, and Allen & Overy, just to name a few, and... Read More >